The Royals' 86-76 finish brings optimism but questions linger as Kansas City heads toward the offseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs with a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
The Royals' 86-76 record for the year was their best mark since they went 92-70 in 1989.
The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the New York Giants on Sunday, cruising to a 31-7 victory and improving their record to 4-0, just a year after finishing the season 2-14.
As the Chiefs chase their first 4-0 start since 2003, and the Giants try to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1987, here are five things to keep in mind.
The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the defense stepped up in a 35-11 49ers victory over the Rams on Thursday night.
After a 35-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was able to reflect on his team's effort.
The fellows from "Duck Dynasty" have a rival in the facial hair department from the Kansas City Chiefs' backup tight end, who is becoming known for his gnarly whiskers and a hero to fans for the way he's filled in for banged-up starters Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.
After a 7-0 win over Chicago on Friday night, St. Louis (95-65) has won six of seven and is tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NL.
Kansas City raced to a 6-1 win over Chicago. Royals' James Shields (13-9) struck out 10 and scattered four hits over seven innings for his 100th career win.
Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
Georgia coach Mark Richt knew that Justin Houston had all the physical tools to be a smashing NFL success. The young linebacker just needed to screw his head on straight.
After a decade of maintaining his departure was imminent, MLB commissioner Bud Selig put his exit plans in writing Thursday and said in a statement he will retire in January 2015 after 22 years — the second-longest term behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
It was the second straight night the Mariners shut out Kansas City as the teams ahead of the Royals in the wild-card race — Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Texas — won.
The Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom held off the Blues' offensive efforts with 33 saves during exhibition play Wednesday.
The St. Louis Cardinals threw five rookies at the Washington Nationals and clinched a tie for their first NL Central title since 2009.
The Chiefs (3-0) lead the league with a plus-9 turnover differential, a big reason why they're undefeated. The Giants, meanwhile, are a league-worst minus-9, a major reason they've yet to win a game.
Wilson, who spent 15 seasons with the Royals, sold his World Series ring at a bankruptcy auction in 2001. On Tuesday, Wilson wiped away tears after he was surprised with an exact duplicate of the ring.
Counting one playoff game, the series that used to be a battle of California is tied 62-62-3, with both the Rams and 49ers at .500 at home and on the road entering Thursday night's matchup.
The Royals, down four games in the loss column to Cleveland, need to win every game and hope that both the Indians and the Rangers completely collapse.